Parenting young children is a truly rewarding experience, but can also be overwhelming and frustrating.

For those moments, we are here to help.

Our Infant & Toddler Mental Health Program is counseling specifically designed to support stronger parent-child relationships.

Services Offered 

Incredible Years offers evidence based parenting classes specifically tailored to the developmental needs and challenges of families with young children. Infant Classes are an interactive 11 week class for parents with 0-9 months. Toddler Classes are a 13 weeks long and tailored for parents with children 9 months to 2 years. In addition, parents are contacted at least once per week outside the group session for coaching and support.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an empirically-supported treatment for conduct-disordered young children that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns.

Does your baby or toddler… 

  • Cry for long periods of time without being consoled easily?
  • Have poor eye contact with their parents or caregivers?
  • Not respond to people or situations the way you hope they would?
  • Startle easily or appear overly fearful?
  • Have difficulties with eating, weight, sleeping, or potty training?
  • Have behaviors that are challenging for you to address?

If you said yes, then our Infant & Toddler Mental Health Program may be able to help.

Are you looking to gain ideas and skills on how to parent the way you want to?

We developed our program based on research showing that healthy bonding and attachment during the first five years of a child’s life will benefit that child throughout his or her life.

Kent Youth and Family Services has Infant Mental Health-Trained Therapists who work with primary caregivers and their children, ages birth to five, using Child-Parent Counseling, Education, Development Guidance, Group Therapy, and Resource Identification & Coordination.

The approach is tailored to serve caregivers and their youngest children, where other therapy approached offered at Kent Youth and Family Services are best for children ages 6 and up.

Additional Resources 

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based intervention program designed for families with children ages 2 to 7 years. The first part of PCIT is Child Directed Interaction focused on enhancing the positive relationship between the parent and the child. The second part of PCIT is Parent Directed Interaction focused on teaching the parents skills and strategies to manage child behavioral issues. The purpose of the therapy is to teach parents the required skills to reduce child behavioral problems and create positive interactions between parent and child.